Successful KTP gives Staffordshire-based company the competitive edge

OSIL are an independent engineering service and solution provider based in the West Midlands specialising in the field of odour and air pollution abatement and treatment. OSIL provide a range of services from consultancy, design and build, asset refurbishment and service and maintenance, with a particular focus on providing an independent, tailored solution to meet a client’s particular set of needs in terms of odour control. 


Based on considerable experience in odour control systems design and optimisation, OSIL strive to lead the market through the development of innovative odour control technologies. As part of OSIL's strategy to develop low cost and more effective solutions to the developing challenges in the odour control market, an improvement to take the successful biological control LaveRok system to the next level was essential.


OSIL formed a KTP with the University of Wolverhampton to build up and expand their knowledge base and set up laboratory facilities to enable the development of bacterial cultures. Dr. Wan Li Low, a Biological Science Researcher, was taken by OSIL as KTP Associate working as Process Development Scientist.  


  • Development of a new generation of non-chemical odour bio filtration systems - the results of which has seen OSIL generate over £5 million of new business. 
  • Project awarded Certificate of Excellence by the KTP Grading Panel.
  • Associate won a prestigious award from the Technology Strategy Board – Business Leader of Tomorrow 2013.
  • Strategic positioning of the company has led to growth and expansion with increasing number of employees and higher involvement in overseas and developing markets.
  • Success of the KTP has led to an extension of the current project via a shorter KTP to allow further advancement in the current developments.

In their words

Guy Forrest-Hay, Director of Sales & Marketing, OSIL 
"The KTP has been a crucial aspect in differentiating the Company’s offerings in the marketplace which has been key to recent growth and the success enjoyed by OSIL.  The OSIL brand is now underpinned by innovation and this is largely due to the efforts of the staff, structures and outputs of the KTP."

Dr. Wan Li Low, KTP Associate

"The experience from the KTP has provided the opportunity to develop myself and prove my capabilities as a good scientific researcher with good business acumens. I have learnt a lot and enjoyed myself as a KTP Associate. I am looking forward to an exciting career as a consultant microbiologist."

Dr Clive Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science, University of Wolverhampton

"I have thoroughly enjoyed this KTP project, which has also inspired a number of related research projects for our own MSc students, provided new teaching material, as well as publications and conference presentations. The University has benefitted from updating laboratory equipment and new company links have been established – very helpful in fulfilling our role in community and industry engagement."


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